Visitors to Gateway can look forward to an exciting and fun filled festive season line up which has something for everyone. This year’s lineup includes a Teen Zone which will allow teens to interact with top brands on a daily basis, a children’s court that will transport children back in time to the age of the dinosaurs and a shopper competition with prizes valued at over R500 000.
Music lovers can look forward to many awesome events and performances such as chart-topping singer and songwriter, Maxwell; the world’s current number one DJ, Hardwell and multi-platinum selling rock band, The Parlotones.
Gateway’s Teen Zone
From 7-24 December teenagers will be able to enjoy our Teen Zone, situated at the Wave House, which will provide an opportunity for them to interact with the latest technology and coolest brands. The Teen Zone will also offer fun and free activities. Teen Zone will operate from 9am to 9pm daily.
Gateway to the Lost World
We have great entertainment for the little ones, Gateway to the Lost World, the children’s court, will run from 7 – 24 December. The court will transport children back in time to the age of Dinosaurs and allow them personal interaction with these historic creatures. The children’s court will operate from 9am to 7pm daily.
A December to Remember Shopper Competition
Gateway shoppers will be spoiled in the days leading up to Christmas with great daily prizes and the ultimate in Christmas gifts – a luxury holiday at Karkloof Spa valued at R100 000, Caviar dining experience valued at R50 000, his and hers Vernon White jewellery set valued at R15 000 and R10 000 in Gateway gift cards. The daily prize draws will commence on 11 December and end on 23 December 2013. The overall winner will be announced at a draw, live on 24 December 2013.
THE WAVE HOUSE
DOUBLE GRAMMY SOUL MEGASTAR, MAXWELL TO PERFORM AT THE WAVE HOUSE
Chart-topping singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Maxwell will be on stage for one night only at the Wave House on Monday, 9 December 2013.
Maxwell fans are in for a musical treat when this sensational ambassador of soul sings a mix of his earlier classic songs and recent numbers from first of the ‘BLACK summers’ night trilogy albums. Maxwell is ready to give old fans and new ones a sensory experience that he never fails to deliver.
Don’t miss an evening of superlative soul and R&B entertainment. Book now at Computicket. Doors open at 17h30 and the show will start at 19h30. Tickets cost R390 for general access and R950 for golden circle.
DJ HARDWELL WORLD TOUR
Electric Music SA will be bringing the number one DJ to South Africa this December.
The `I AM Hardwell’ South Africa Tour promises all-night feasts for the ears and eyes with the house music producer incorporating spectacular visuals and artwork into his thumping sets.
DJ Hardwell is popular for his remixes of tracks by Rihanna and the rock band, ‘The Naked and Famous’, as he is for his own original material, like ‘Spaceman’, which was his most successful hit of 2012.
The 25 year old Dutch, DJ Hardwell, who only entered the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2011, has shot to the number one spot in just three years.
DJ Hardwell will perform at the Wave House at Gateway on 5 December 2013. Tickets cost R365 per person and are available from Computicket.
“Stand like Giants” the brand new album from The Parlotones has just been released at retailers nationwide.
Filled with sweeping lyrics and introspective melodies, the album is pure Parlotones.
The Parlotones have cemented their reputation as a fiery force to be reckoned with on stage. Fans are confronted with the sight of powerfully expressive front man, Kahn Morbee leading the band – which also includes guitarist Paul Hodgson, bassist Glen Hodgson and drummer, Neil Pauw – to soaring emotional heights.
The Parlotones have crafted the kind of melody-minded, arena-filling songs that transcended language and barriers.
Catch The Parlotones on their national tour at Wave House, Gateway on the 29th of December. Tickets cost R180 at www.webtickets.co.za and R200 at the gate. Doors open at 18h00.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE
Join The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on Sunday, 15 December for a special family concert with Durban’s legendary Irish band, the Blarney Brothers, to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation the next day.
With the Blarney Brothers you can be sure of a great big, foot-stomping, sing-along party. Their music is a mixture of Irish ballads, foot-tapping pub songs, popular new songs and the occasional Irish jig.
The theatre will open at 18h00, the show will start at 19h30 and tickets are R120 per person. For bookings and enquiries, please contact The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045, email email@example.com or visit www.barnyardtheatres.co.za for more information.
FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS
· Friday, 6 December – Thursday, 12 December 2013: 09h00 – 21h00
· Friday, 13 December – Monday, 23 December 2013: 09h00 – 22h00
· Tuesday, 24 December 2013: 09h00 – 21h00
· Wednesday, 25 December 2013: Voluntary Trading
· Thursday, 26 December 2013 – Thursday, 2 January 2014: 09h00 – 21h00
· Tuesday, 31 December 2013: 09h00 – 20h00
· Wednesday, 1 January 2014: Voluntary Trading
· Friday, 3 January 2014: 09h00 – 21h00
SECURITY AT GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON
During the festive season our main priority is safeguarding our shoppers and tenants. Additional security personnel have been allocated to enhance security during this time.
We’re continuously working with the local police services to ensure that the correct measures are in place in the event of an emergency.
In addition to this, our retailers who have their own security arrangements within their own premises, operate their own surveillance cameras in their areas.
All our security technologies are checked constantly and all efforts are made to increase tenant and shopper awareness around this period as well.
We advise our shoppers to always be vigilant and careful with their personal belongings – either in their vehicles or on their person.
Shoppers should not leave any valuables in their vehicles and should physically check that their vehicles are locked when using a remote locking device.
Look out for Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter (@GatewayUmhlanga).
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The Beauty of Brahman Hills, Midlands
Our Durbanite contributors, Shelley and her mother, Carmen were invited to experience Brahman Hills, their spa as well as the Midlands Kitchen.
Read more on what they had to say about it.
“I had been to Brahman Hills back in March with two of my friends, and I absolutely loved it! So you can imagine my delight when I would be returning, but this time with my mom.
We left our busy little city of Umhlanga and made our way towards Brahman Hills. The drive there is fairly quick and accessible, taking only an hour and a half.
THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN
Before arriving at Brahman Hills, we decided to try out The Midlands Kitchen.
The Midlands Kitchen is an eating area which hosts 15 kitchens, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Burgers, Chicken, Pizza, Indian and Vegan dishes. There’s also a harvest table for instant artisan fresh meals.
We loved the fact that is is both kid and pet-friendly!
We sat down and our waitress promptly greeted us while handing us menus to browse through. We were given a card with a table number on it. This is for The Midlands Kitchen to keep track of our orders throughout our visit.
I ordered a vegan dish which was a Cauliflower-based burger, while my mom opted for the spring-chicken burger. We added on two cappuccinos to go with our order.
The food was DELICIOUS! We were both delighted to have made the right choice, but I’m sure with any one of their options, it would never be a disappointment.
We ended off our meal with an ice cream cone each from their gelato station. Oh, and can we make a note that this was undoubtably the yummiest gelato? I mean, they had Nutella flavoured ice cream!
On our way out, we grabbed two chocolate croissants for later indulgence, because… why not?
BRAHMAN HILLS SPA
After our lunch at The Midlands Kitchen, we arrived at Brahman Hills to check into our room. We were seated in the lounge area and offered tea/coffee while our room and key was being organised.
We checked in to the most beautiful little hotel with a private garden all to ourselves!
After a quick power nap, we headed out to the much talked about spa. We were excited to experience our treatments in the countryside.
At the spa, we both had a full body massage with an exfoliation and soak off in a bath. Beforehand, we got to choose which essential oils we would like. We both opted for lavender which helps with stress and sleep.
After our massages, we headed upstairs to get a mani & pedi done. There’s nothing quite like getting a mani while watching the cows roam around outside in the open. So incredibly relaxing!
89 ON COPPER
For dinner we had the pleasure of dining at the incredibly beautiful 89 on Copper restaurant which is underground in a cellar-like environment.
We had the two-course dinner. Both of us chose the rib wing for mains, and had the cheesecake & brownie for dessert.
Can we talk about how pretty this restaurant is?
We loved the holes in the walls where different bottles of wine was stored!
BREAKFAST AT BRAHMAN CAFE
We woke up early to start off the day with breakfast Brahman cafe.
We had the choice of choosing which breakfast we wanted.
Never in my life have I had such a good start to the day with their breakfast!
If you’re ever in the Midlands, do yourself a favour and pop into the Midlands Kitchen and of course, Brahman Hills!
Phone: +27 (0)33 266 6965
Mobile: +27 (0) 81 370 9478
Address: Old Curry’s Post Road, Mount West, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
REVIEW: Shayamanzi House Boats, Jozini
Experience the first Houseboats in South Africa – the only ones of their kind: Shayamanzi Houseboats.
Soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and superb wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam). Enjoy the calm serenity of the open Lake Jozini waters, the thrill of Tiger Fishing or the adventure of Mountain Biking in the heart of the Zululand bushveld! Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders.
We were recently invited to experience a stay on the Shayamanzi Houseboat.
“Shayamanzi Houseboats are based in Jozini Dam and has for some time offered a cruise with a difference onboard their houseboats.
We took the 3 and a half hour drive from Durban and made our way to Jozini Tiger Lodge where we met our host and the rest of the guests.
We then boarded the Shayamanzi II Houseboat where we were given a welcoming drink and set off on our journey with our very able and competent captain, Alan at the helm.
John our host, made everyone feel so welcome with his warm and hospitable nature as he got everyone relaxed and looking forward to the adventure that lay ahead.
We moored at our first stop where 2 small tender boats were used to take us to view wildlife and also to try our luck at tiger fishing.
Lucky and Bheki, the 2 crew members that were assigned to each tender boat were so helpful as they baited up and helped everyone. After a fun afternoon out, we made our way back to Shayamanzi for a rewarding hot shower and then all met up in the dining area to have drinks and wait for our supper. We were all served a delicious 3-course meal.
After dinner we all settled in the lounge, partying and exchanging stories, getting to know the other guests.
With the following morning being overcast, it didn’t damper our spirits and so we went on the tender boats again! But not before we finished a scrumptious breakfast.
On our boat trip, we were blessed to have seen hippos, elephants, crocodiles and fish eagles. Truly a remarkable sight, and not something you get to see everyday all in one place!
For the rest of the day, we relaxed in the jacuzzi while the men caught tiger fish off the back of the boat. Words cannot describe the wonderful feeling one gets whilst viewing the game in their natural environment from the comfort of a houseboat, whilst still being able to fish for tiger fish at the same time.
The last day we were all so sad to leave as we had 4 incredible days of fishing, game watching, laughing, dancing, eating glorious food and getting to know new people.
We would highly recommend this unique cruise if you would like to get close to wildlife and still have some luxury thrown in for measure.”
To book a Shayamanzi Cruise:
Tel: +27 (0) 34 413 2299
Fax: +27 (0) 34 413 2396
Address: P.O. Box 1070, Pongola, 3170, South Africa
Review: Goldfish Live in Durban
Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.
Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.
The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.
And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.
Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)
If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.
Photo Credit: Jono Greenway
Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.
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